I had arranged for a person with a serious brush-cutter to come and cut down and remove the 1/8 acre of trashy undergrowth last month. When I called to see why he hadn't called for a day to do th work, he said he was in the hospital with appendicitis. No more hard work for him this year...
I expressed my sympathy. I had the same operation at 18, so I knew how he felt.
But that didn't solve my problem. I need those brambles removed. And he was the only person I could find willing to do a "small" job.
I guess I am going to have to use the gas-powered steel-bladed I've had sitting around for 3 years. It scares me. The instructions suggest that using it can injure the operater unless used perfectly and with fancy leggings to clog the blades.
On the other hand, most injuries are caused by carelessness, and a certain level of fear is a good protection from carelessness.
Those brambles have to be eliminated. I want that part of my yard back! They grew when I cut down a few tall trees that were blocking some sunlight to my veggie garden. It's the Law Of Unintended Consequences".
Improve the sunlight to the veggie garden improved the sunlight to the rest of the backyard. And apparently, the brambles were just WAITING for a little extra sunlight.
I have 4 specimen trees waiting to be planted in there. They will grow to about 20". Not enough to shade the veggie garden, but enough to shade out the brambles again...
The weather forecast suggests warmer than average temps around Christmas here. I hope to take advantage of that to cut down the brambles. After that, I can mow them. The terrain is uneven back there, but a regular old manual rotary mower I have can handle it. Push the mower, tilt it up on the back wheels, lower it down on the bramble shoots and move on. It will take an hour a day for a week, but that should kill all the brambles.
If not, I'll keep doing it.